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Celosia caracas

Cockscomb, Prince of Wales' feathers

Celosia caracas
Celosia caracas
Celosia caracas

Celosia caracas, also called the Cockscomb plant because of its flowers, shaped like an upright fluffy plume and brilliant purple-pink in colour. They appear in mid-summer above clumps of oval green leaves, and remain until mid-autumn. The cut flowers can be dried for use as long-lasting flower arrangements.

Celosia caracas is a half-hardy annual. It needs a site in full sun, and will cope with most soil types provided they are well drained.

Scientific family Amaranthaceae Special type
Type Annual, bedding Origin
Lifecycle Deciduous Time to maturity 1-2 years
Garden style Cottage/informal Town/courtyard Position Border Indoors/conservatory Containers
Awards Features
Wildlife pH Acid Alkaline Neutral
Fragrance Aspect South East West
Exposure Sheltered Growth rate
Growth Habit Maintenance Little or no maintenance
Health caution Additional use
Spacing cm Planting depth cm
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Flowering


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Soil Loam Sand
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US hardiness zone
Max mature height 30cm
Mature spread 50-50cm